Have you ever listen to any band from the Pacific Northwest and thought to yourself “They’re just alright”? Me neither. With that being said, Thursday night at Austin’s iconic rock venue, Emo’s was a treat and a half. Continue Reading
Austin’s music scene was hopping this Friday night as residents had to stumble to choose between the many kickass artists playing around town. Fred Armisen, Blood Orange, and John Maus were a few to name, but we steered our aim for the ultimate indie lineup at Barracuda. Continue Reading
Twenty-six years and eight studio albums later, G-Love and Special Sauce are still dippin’ their hip-hop harmonics into today’s music scene. Continue Reading
Like any other form of art, music is a creative outlet artists turn to as a way to express their feelings. Unlike decades ago, it’s become more common for music to be distributed as a money driven product instead of an artistic creation. It now feels like a delicacy when you come across bands whom fill their words and harmonies with complete passion. With that being said, tuning into passionate artists like Atmosphere caters to the emotional needs of listeners and continues to prove how much value music can hold. Continue Reading
This was easily one of the funnest shows I have ever been to! Bumlucky and AudicEmpire, two local bands to the state of Texas, opened the show. They each had their own stage presence and put on a great show for the crowd. The venue, Flamingo Cantina, is a reggae bar in downtown Austin- It’s a pretty small yet spacious spot which made the venue seem cozy and more like it a giant party with good live music. Continue Reading
There are plenty of bands that are notable for their eccentric stage presence. Insane Clown Posse, Gwar, Daft Punk are a few that come to mind, but one band that stands out amongst the rest are the indie pop band; Of Montreal. Continue Reading
There is something to be said about an older generation of artists who exceed performance expectations. Jim Kerr, 59, has continuously proved you’re never too old to rock and roll as well as the rest of the band, while they tour their way through the US.
Since the late 70s, Simple Minds has delivered over 19 discographies including a new release this year “Walk Between Worlds”, which they showcased throughout their set. The band, was although, catapulted into stardom with their “The Breakfast Club” hit, “Don’t You Forget About Me”. Kerr almost turned down the song, as he didn’t want to perform a song not written by him. Eventually, the former bandmates convinced Kerr to take on the tune, and recorded it within 3 hours. The hit’s release had instantly helped the band break into the American Market and kept them on a pedestal for years to come.
We made out way to their November 2nd show at The Moody Theater in Austin, Tx, where the band opened up the night with one of their newer tunes “The Signal and The Noise”. Kerr made his way out with a burst of energy and immediately kicked right into gear. As the night went on, Kerr strutted back and fourth across the stage and never lost a sense of enthusiasm. They performed all their hits from “Promised You A Miracle” as well as “Alive and Kicking” spread across two unique sets. The mixed crowd of baby-boomers and millennials, danced along and soared with energy throughout the evening before ending.
If you’re looking for just the right touch of nostalgia and passion be sure to catch Simple Minds as they continue their tour across North America.
Photos by Brian Benton and Ryan Rose
Words by Ryan Rose
As another summer of festivals comes to an end, the legendary Austin City Limits continues to exceed music lovers expectations and be one of the most seamless, well-planned, talent-filled festivals. Continue Reading
The warmth that emanates from Allen Stone’s precious lungs melts me into a puddle, has me feeling weak with love. The grungy, styled soul singer from Chewelah, Washington delivered a heartwarming performance to Austin, TX Saturday night. Continue Reading